Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown

With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.

 
 

11:43 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Obama's winning strategy will be retested soon

WASHINGTON — It's been a constant quandary for the Obama White House: Should the president reach out to his Republican opponents or isolate them? Should he compromise to move his agenda or try to split the GOP ranks? Carrot or stick?

Government is working again, sort of

11:36 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Government is working again, sort of

WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.

With shutdown over, flow of government economic data to resume

10:05 AM EDT, October 18, 2013

With shutdown over, flow of government economic data to resume

WASHINGTON -- The flow of federal economic data is set to resume next week, highlighted by the release of the delayed September jobs report, as federal employees are back at work following the end of the partial government shutdown.

The government shutdown's toll by the numbers

12:21 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

The government shutdown's toll by the numbers

The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy, economists said. 

Obama takes tough tone, decries pressure from 'extremes'

12:05 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Obama takes tough tone, decries pressure from 'extremes'

WASHINGTON -- President Obama lectured members of Congress on Thursday on their responsibility to serve the country, urging them to negotiate with him on the budget and immigration reform instead of endangering the country with games of "brinkmanship."

The panda cam is back on! Government offices are open, too.

11:54 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

The panda cam is back on! Government offices are open, too.

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is open again. But it will take more than unlocking the doors, flipping the lights back on and turning on the panda cam before it’s business as usual.

12:49 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Swing-seat Republicans more likely to support debt deal

WASHINGTON -- John A. Boehner has found his options limited during his three years as House speaker by an informal rule for Republicans that dictates he move only legislation that has the approval of a majority of support among his own membership.

11:57 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

Immigration legislation's prospects bleak after bitter budget fight

WASHINGTON – The rough justice dispensed by the White House and Senate Democrats during the standoff impasse has further soured key House Republicans on passing immigration legislation.

Live blog: Government shutdown ends; Washington averts its own crisis

11:18 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

Live blog: Government shutdown ends; Washington averts its own crisis

The government shutdown has come to an end, the debt limit has been raised, and Washington has averted a crisis of its own making. Coming down to nearly the last minute, the House and Senate agreed to a bipartisan deal Wednesday night after weeks of negotiations, debate and partisan bickering.

Government crisis is averted – for now

1:13 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

Government crisis is averted – for now

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to a budget compromise, ending a 16-day government shutdown and averting the possibility of a default on the nation's bills, as a bitter partisan stalemate concluded with Republicans conceding defeat.

Government shutdown: Bill to reopen agencies heads to Obama

10:20 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Government shutdown: Bill to reopen agencies heads to Obama

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday night to a budget compromise that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

Senate votes overwhelmingly to end shutdown, debt limit debate

8:15 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Senate votes overwhelmingly to end shutdown, debt limit debate

WASHINGTON -- By an overwhelming vote, the Senate passed a budget compromise Wednesday night that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

<b>Document:</b> Senate deal on shutdown, debt limit

5:54 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Document: Senate deal on shutdown, debt limit

Senate leaders announce shutdown/debt limit deal

12:36 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Senate leaders announce shutdown/debt limit deal

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders Wednesday jointly announced an agreement on a bipartisan proposal to extend the nation’s debt limit and end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

White House: Government is nearing a 'cash-on-hand situation'

3:21 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

White House: Government is nearing a 'cash-on-hand situation'

WASHINGTON -- The government has until the end of Thursday before its ability to borrow runs out, giving lawmakers just hours to work out the kinks of a possible deal.

House may vote first on Senate government shutdown/debt-limit plan

11:18 AM EDT, October 16, 2013

House may vote first on Senate government shutdown/debt-limit plan

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders, seeking to speed a budget agreement to President Obama's desk, may adopt an unusual procedure in which the House will vote first on a compromise written in the Senate, officials said Wednesday.

Live blog: Senate, House expected to OK shutdown/debt deal tonight

2:42 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Live blog: Senate, House expected to OK shutdown/debt deal tonight

The Senate shutdown/debt limit deal announced earlier today continues to build momentum, with the Senate expected to approve the measure tonight. The House is then expected to give its final approval before sending the bill to the White House, though many conservative House Republicans and prominent conservative groups have voiced opposition to any such plan.

Boehner's push for House budget compromise falters

12:20 AM EDT, October 16, 2013

Boehner's push for House budget compromise falters

WASHINGTON — A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility for Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget.

Can U.S. prioritize payments as default looms? Many are dubious

8:00 AM EDT, October 16, 2013

Can U.S. prioritize payments as default looms? Many are dubious

WASHINGTON — If the debt limit isn't raised by Thursday's deadline, the cash flow problems of the world's wealthiest nation could be boiled down to a simple mathematics equation: 10 is greater than 7.

Warren Buffett: Debt limit is a 'political weapon of mass destruction'

9:13 AM EDT, October 16, 2013

Warren Buffett: Debt limit is a 'political weapon of mass destruction'

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Wednesday called the U.S. debt limit a "political weapon of mass destruction" and said both political parties should pledge never to use it as leverage because of the financial damage it can cause.

Is the debt ceiling finally dead as a weapon?

9:50 AM EDT, October 16, 2013

Is the debt ceiling finally dead as a weapon?

The question may seem premature, since the threat of a debt-ceiling breach and a government default still darkens America's skies, like a thunderhead. 

House leaders' canceled budget plan vote is a loss for Boehner

7:21 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

House leaders' canceled budget plan vote is a loss for Boehner

WASHINGTON -- House leaders called off plans to vote on their new budget plan, after failing to get enough support from conservative rank-and-file members to pass the proposal.

Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight

5:39 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on downgrade watch over debt fight

WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit.

Government shutdown ruin your vacation? Don't blame the rangers

4:11 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Government shutdown ruin your vacation? Don't blame the rangers

WASHINGTON — "It’s not our fault," says National Park Service Ranger George Durkee of the government shutdown that has closed parks, ruining vacations and pilgrimages to monuments such as the WWII memorial. 

Senate leaders put budget talks on hold as Boehner struggles in House

5:11 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Senate leaders put budget talks on hold as Boehner struggles in House

WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House.

Live blog: House GOP breakdown stalls Senate shutdown compromise

4:58 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Live blog: House GOP breakdown stalls Senate shutdown compromise

Negotiations over a Senate plan to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit have been placed on hold while the House tries to cobble together its second plan of the day.

House budget offer crumbling, faces conservative opposition

1:28 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

House budget offer crumbling, faces conservative opposition

WASHINGTON – An attempt by House Republicans to put forward a new budget proposal was crumbling as soon as it emerged Tuesday, panned by party conservatives and attacked by the White House and congressional Democrats.

2:17 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff

WASHINGTON -- Under a deal emerging in the Senate, President Obama is poised to claim a clear victory on his demands in the debt-and-shutdown showdown with Republicans -- except, perhaps, the one he wants most.

Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

11:59 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

WASHINGTON — Two weeks into a budget impasse that has left Americans dismayed by Washington brinkmanship, an outline of a deal emerged Monday as Senate leaders worked to prevent a potentially catastrophic debt default and end the damage inflicted by the lingering government shutdown.

New poll shows Republicans dropping among key groups

5:42 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

New poll shows Republicans dropping among key groups

As Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked toward a deal to loosen the debt ceiling and budget knot, a new poll showed where surgeons will have to operate once a deal is struck: Much — but not all — of their image-repair work will be have to be done on behalf of Republicans when it comes to the voter groups most sought after in 2014 and 2016.

Budget talks pick up speed as deal begins to emerge

3:45 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Budget talks pick up speed as deal begins to emerge

WASHINGTON -- Amid suddenly fast-moving talks, the Senate’s top two leaders expressed optimism Monday that the contours of a budget deal were emerging to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s debt limit.

Senators 'getting closer' to budget deal, Reid says

1:30 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

Senators 'getting closer' to budget deal, Reid says

WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House.

Government shutdown talks hit snag in Senate

8:18 PM EDT, October 13, 2013

Government shutdown talks hit snag in Senate

WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate” their party.

Upset over U.S. fiscal crisis, China urges a 'de-Americanized world'

9:43 AM EDT, October 14, 2013

Upset over U.S. fiscal crisis, China urges a 'de-Americanized world'

WASHINGTON -- Upset that the fiscal stalemate in Washington is threatening the global economy, China called for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the international reserve currency as well as for broader steps to create a "de-Americanized world."

Veterans, protesters, politicians claim closed monument in D.C.

9:31 PM EDT, October 13, 2013

Veterans, protesters, politicians claim closed monument in D.C.

The federal government shutdown has lasted nearly two weeks, but the Washington blame game is still open for business.

Senate Republicans meet with Obama: Still no deal ... but close

3:31 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Senate Republicans meet with Obama: Still no deal ... but close

WASHINGTON – Even as White House negotiators continue to wrangle with House Republican negotiators, separate discussions with GOP senators appear to be picking up steam after a meeting with President Obama.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll adds to Republican shutdown woes

7:00 AM EDT, October 11, 2013

Analysis

NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll adds to Republican shutdown woes

For Republicans, the last 10 days have felt like falling down a darkened elevator shaft: You want to hit bottom, but wonder about the odds of survival.

GOP plan to extend debt limit raises hope of end to impasse

9:56 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

GOP plan to extend debt limit raises hope of end to impasse

WASHINGTON — The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night negotiations between the White House and Congress.

Republican popularity losing ground to government shutdown

6:30 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Republican popularity losing ground to government shutdown

How low can Congress go?

Koch Industries deflects blame on government shutdown

7:34 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Koch Industries deflects blame on government shutdown

WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire.

Talks between Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner fail as both sides dig in

4:18 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Talks between Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner fail as both sides dig in

WASHINGTON – The political standoff that has gummed up the government for nine days showed no sign of ending Wednesday as Democratic leaders dug deeper into their position that they would not negotiate with Republicans leaders in the House until the government is reopened.

Government shutdown: Charity will pay military death benefits

5:04 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Government shutdown: Charity will pay military death benefits

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon and Congress scrambled Wednesday to restore full military death benefits for families to quell a growing controversy as the federal government shutdown delayed assistance even to families of those who have given their lives for their country.

Obama, Biden run out for sandwiches, damage control

2:59 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Obama, Biden run out for sandwiches, damage control

WASHINGTON – With nothing public on his schedule and an anonymous quote from an administration official to bat away, President Obama walked out of the White House with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday to pick up sandwiches and engage in a little damage control.

Live updates: Attention shifts to debt limit on Day 4 of shutdown

October 4, 2013

Live updates: Attention shifts to debt limit on Day 4 of shutdown

The government shutdown is in its fourth day, but already lawmakers are shifting at least some of their attention to the debt limit, which will be reached Oct. 17.

Boehner's shutdown advice from schoolkids: Listen to Lady Gaga

1:07 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Boehner's shutdown advice from schoolkids: Listen to Lady Gaga

WASHINGTON -- In a closed strategy session of House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday shared letters of encouragement he received from schoolchildren who urged him to withstand shutdown stress by taking a nap, listening to music – Lady Gaga was suggested – and other tips, according to those in the room.

Government shutdown: Potential 2016 candidates seek distance

9:00 AM EDT, October 4, 2013

Analysis

Government shutdown: Potential 2016 candidates seek distance

For Republicans thinking of running for president in 2016, one imperative may be rising fast: not to be Bob Dole. 

9:42 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Obama keeps Congress at arm's-length in government shutdown

WASHINGTON — In 2011, with the government dangling on the edge of default, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) engaged in nearly daily negotiations. There were regular phone calls, talks and red wine at the White House. There were blow-ups, make-ups and then a deal.

House Republicans turn toward seeking a deal on the debt ceiling

8:52 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

House Republicans turn toward seeking a deal on the debt ceiling

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pleaded for patience Wednesday from a nervous faction of Republicans clamoring for a resolution to the government shutdown, now headed into a third day after congressional leaders left the White House without a path toward a deal.

Obama invites congressional leaders to White House for shutdown talk

11:46 AM EDT, October 2, 2013

Obama invites congressional leaders to White House for shutdown talk

WASHINGTON — President Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday evening to discuss the government shutdown, according to an administration official.

11:50 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

NEWS ANALYSIS

Republican moderates hold key to ending government shutdown

WASHINGTON — For most of the last two decades, Republicans such as Rep. Patrick Meehan, who represents a politically competitive district near Philadelphia, have been the odd men out in a House caucus dominated by conservatives such as those aligned with the tea party.

Federal Web presence curtailed by government shutdown

5:25 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Federal Web presence curtailed by government shutdown

WASHINGTON -- Social media users browsing their Twitter feeds Tuesday hoping to see a new space photo from NASA or learn American history facts from the U.S. Capitol account were instead met with blunt messages and apologies.

Government shutdown halts NTSB probe into Santa Monica jet crash

3:57 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown halts NTSB probe into Santa Monica jet crash

Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that their investigation into the crash of a private jet Sunday evening in Santa Monica has been suspended due to the federal government shutdown.

Government shutdown: 'Business as usual' for now, local officials say

3:15 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown: 'Business as usual' for now, local officials say

With the federal government shutdown official Tuesday, local officials said it was "business as usual," even as hundreds of L.A. County workers demanding higher wages walked off the job.

House GOP's new strategy: Reopen popular parts of government

3:06 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

House GOP's new strategy: Reopen popular parts of government

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans emerged with a new strategy to reopen the most popular parts of government that have been shut down by the standoff in Congress, starting with votes Tuesday to fund veterans services and possibly the national parks.

Government shutdown: In Joshua Tree, travelers look for a Plan B

3:40 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown: In Joshua Tree, travelers look for a Plan B

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. — On an autumn morning like this one, they should be gearing up for a day of hiking amid the cacti, climbing up one of the more than 400 formations of high desert monzogranite or taking in the vista of Keyes View. 

Government shutdown Q&A: What about Obamacare and food stamps?

1:39 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown Q&A: What about Obamacare and food stamps?

Government agencies have shut down because Congress has failed to pass the necessary money bills, known as appropriations, needed to keep them open. What’s the impact?

A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995

9:19 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995

WASHINGTON — The last time the federal government shut down, for three weeks in the winter of 1995-96, the American economy felt a jolt but recovered quickly.

Obama: Amid shutdown, Obamacare is 'open for business'

2:13 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Obama: Amid shutdown, Obamacare is 'open for business'

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for the government shutdown, noting the “irony” that the healthcare program they were trying to kill is “open for business.”

Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear

2:41 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear

They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact.

Democrats have advantage, also vulnerabilities, in shutdown fight

5:53 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Democrats have advantage, also vulnerabilities, in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON – If government agencies begin to shut down Tuesday morning, both sides in the political battle will be carefully parsing poll results, looking to see how upset the public gets and, importantly, who is getting blamed.

Government shutdown Q&A: How long? What's the impact?

11:42 AM EDT, September 30, 2013

Government shutdown Q&A: How long? What's the impact?

Much of the federal government will shut down as of midnight. What will be closing, why and what impact will it have?

Smithsonian museums closed due to federal government shutdown

11:30 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Smithsonian museums closed due to federal government shutdown

The Smithsonian closed its doors Tuesday as parts of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, All Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo in Washington, have closed until further notice. 

Tweets for NASA's 55th birthday: 'You can't shut down awesome'

4:01 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Tweets for NASA's 55th birthday: 'You can't shut down awesome'

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has a message for the politicians in Congress squabbling over whether it’s more important to stall the Affordable Care Act or fund the federal government’s operations:

12:36 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Effect of federal government shutdown limited at first; no panda cam

Americans awoke to the sound of one hand clapping on Tuesday. While local governments were open for business, the other hand, the federal government, was largely unavailable because of a partial shutdown that began at midnight.

Government shutdown closes Library of Congress -- online too

10:47 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown closes Library of Congress -- online too

"Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning Oct. 1, 2013 until further notice," reads the Library of Congress website.

11:10 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Federal shutdown hits Southland; Yosemite visitors urged to leave

As Congress failed to agree on a budget and President Obama's healthcare law, parts of the federal government have started shutting down, with stoppages felt by Southern California residents and across the nation.

Despite shutdown, most federal financial regulators remain on job

10:32 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Despite shutdown, most federal financial regulators remain on job

WASHINGTON -- Although the federal government began a partial shutdown Tuesday, most financial regulators remained on the job because their agencies are funded outside the congressional appropriations process.

Government shutdown: Legislative volleys resume as closures begin

10:07 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown: Legislative volleys resume as closures begin

WASHINGTON — The first legislative moves after the federal government officially shut down were familiar ones, as the Senate moved Tuesday morning to rebuff a procedural move by the House.

Government shutdown: House seeks conference with Senate

2:19 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Government shutdown: House seeks conference with Senate

WASHINGTON - An hour after the federal government began shutting down, House Republicans approved a last-ditch effort early Tuesday seeking to set up a committee with the Senate to resolve their monumental differences over Obamacare.

12:06 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Federal government begins first shutdown in 17 years

WASHINGTON – With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government late Monday, ordering federal agencies to prepare for funding to expire and to execute contingency plans.

Obama's reelection did little to 'break the fever' in Washington

5:32 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Obama's reelection did little to 'break the fever' in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Around this time last year, President Obama was entering the final stretch of his reelection campaign and repeating a key rationale for a second term: Keeping him in the White House would chasten Republicans and end the dysfunction in Washington.

Government shutdown: House GOP readies new effort as divisions worsen

5:05 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Government shutdown: House GOP readies new effort as divisions worsen

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to vote Monday evening on yet another attempt to halt parts of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government past midnight, but the latest move worsened divisions within the GOP caucus, with both moderates and conservatives raising objections, creating more uncertainty as the deadline for action neared.

Threat of federal shutdown is windfall for political fundraisers

12:13 AM EDT, September 30, 2013

Threat of federal shutdown is windfall for political fundraisers

WASHINGTON — As Americans awoke to find Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) still conducting his all-night talkathon to stop President Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, some also found a pleading email in their in-boxes.

House Republicans remain divided over government shutdown

5:00 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

House Republicans remain divided over government shutdown

WASHINGTON – The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday.

Obama warns House GOP not to blow up the economy

4:40 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Obama warns House GOP not to blow up the economy

WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are holding up a government spending bill in an attempt to eliminate money for the healthcare law, not to “threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven’t gotten 100% of your way. ”

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